The Glengarry News

Oktoberfest

Record Oktoberfest

publisher Sep 27, 2017 - 12:02pm

More than 20,000 festival-goers helped Beau’s Brewery set a new record for fundraising at the ninth annual Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill.

A sum of $100,205 was collected for projects and charities, surpassing the $75,000 goal, and bringing the nine-year total to $616,889. “This is amazing!” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “This Oktoberfest was definitely warmer than we’re used to, and the spirit of generosity was just as strong as the sunshine. I love seeing Vankleek Hill come to life with such a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere every year we do this.”

The United Way Charity Bike Ride took place again this year, raising more than $35,000 for an initiative called “All That Kids Can Be.”

Among the beneficiaries are the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Foundation and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society,which will each receive $10,000.

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2017 - By the Numbers*

 * Funds raised: $100,205
 * 2017 attendance: 20,515
 * Litres of beer and cider served: 31,570
 * People who took bus shuttles to get home safely: 3,741
 * Portions of food prepared: 46,400
 * Litres of local spring water served: 3,780
 * Beers entered in Homebrew Competition: 477
 * Number of festival volunteers: 785 plus 130 Beau’s staff
 * Total artists/performers: 162
 * Keg-toss event participants: 169
 * Pieces of dishes & cutlery washed to reduce waste: 38,000
 * Sunday “Beer Brunches” served: 277
 * Total RVs and tents in camping area: 524
 * Ferris Wheel rides: 1,017